Ritual is etiquette in the larger than human world: the two wildernesses of contemporary eco-Paganism

Harvey, Graham (2012). Ritual is etiquette in the larger than human world: the two wildernesses of contemporary eco-Paganism. In: Feldt, Laura ed. Wilderness in Mythology and Religion: Approaching Religious Spatialities, Cosmologies, and Ideas. Religion and Society (55). Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 265–292.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9781614511724.265

Abstract

Contribution to new theorising of "wilderness" (putatively "wild nature" or "pristine land") as imagined by some Pagans, i.e. eco-activist and/or animist Pagans. Draws on (a) Aboriginal Australians notions of "wild" as places damaged by mistreatment by humans, (b) on Romantic / environmentalist notions of "wild" as restorative of human relationship with the world, and (c) ecological notions of full participation of humans in multi-species communities. Argues that eco-Pagans seek to participate more rather than less in inter-species conversations to benefit all life. Argues (following Grimes riffing off Snyder) that ritual is foundational to these efforts to participate.

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